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commissioners? commissioner chan? vice president marshawn: -- marshall: people did not think we could do that. >> i apologize. this cheap has made it clear. he has gone and told the officers. the message is clear. if you have made a mistake and are having a tough time, this commission will work with you, but if you lie, you will be gone, and that is pretty clear. commissioner chan: i wanted to ask about language access. i thought we had scheduled it for another week, but i cannot find it. i know the occ has been
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involved, so if the occ would like to co-present, i would welcome that. we had asked for an update on where they are, what they have implemented. president mazzucco: commissioner slaughter? commissioner slaughter: thank you, president mazzucco. this goes into your priorities matrix, to speak. the idea that we as a commission ought to consider how often we need to meet, a big part of why
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we regularly meet is to handle what had been a very serious disciplinary caseload. they could be meeting rather than four times a month. i think it is something we ought to consider as a group. i think there was a reason why we were meeting every week, and i think having a little more time would provide some thoughtful meetings.
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president mazzucco: commissioner? commissioner turman: they have reported on things tonight, and it is not the we are by any means -- i think it is about time allocation. president mazzucco: commissioner kingsley? commissioner kingsley: i think
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that should be part of the discussion, both of them together. what we are trying to do is get our arms around what are the fixed obligations of the commission and putting that into our schedule as well as the variable. i put mine on that. president mazzucco: any comment on these items? >> i have something to do about those cleaning up the backlog, and jim hammer who sat right there. these people were frontline. jim hamer was the one. if you remember, mr. president, he had the one to streamline it. these people are not here now. they moved onto other things,
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but they deserve some credit, as well. president mazzucco: i agree? any public comment on any of these line items? i bet you want to talk about patrol specials? ok. >> i just want to follow up with some items with chief suhr. >> i talked with you the day after i was arrested. again. it turned out to be a false arrest. you have now had over 60 weeks.
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criminal acts that they have perpetrated. this is what i was told. as a humanitarian gesture, police force him, this man who works for an illegally operated beach, -- beat, as the attorney porter mentioned. it has been shown that he will violate the law. the entire beat has been
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illegally operated. we are not sure for how long but for some time. apparently the only people who can stop him, we need to be stopped. i should not be arrested. i am an innocent person. this is the third time they have done this to me. this is the first time they have absolutely no made up evidence to use as a cause, so they had to let me go. it took $50,000 of my money, soon to be your money, city of san francisco, but a long story short, you have had weeks to consider this. i have seen you do nothing. i should take that back. they are marching a little more tightly, but they are still committing crimes. please do your duty. thank you. president mazzucco: next speaker. with reference to a, b, c, and
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d. >> public comments on item number two? would you make a special exception? occupy sf. let me fourth say that i am the council for -- let me say first that i am council for -- counsel for occupy sf. there was a problem with unilateral initiative by police officers. we were told at that time with his last comment that he was the one you gave the orders, and
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there would be no unilateral -- by the police force. that we would be given notice and a chance to cure any default or any problem that there was. i know that the police chief, greg suhr, were not there. two officers took down a tent. one officer did not know who her supervisor was. when her partner came up, saying things like, "i hope i am not causing a problem drinking a starbucks coffee year because it was a corporation," he did know who the supervisor was. a lieutenant has on its own initiative done this more than once. today's breaking of the agreement to work together should be addressed by this
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august commission, and i hope that you will take appropriate steps immediately. thank you. president mazzucco: thank you. any further public comment on line items 3 a, b, c, and d? seeing none, item number four. secretary falvey: public comment on the minot -- items in a closed session. president mazzucco: today we are discussing an item that is confidential. there will be no comment on that. secretary
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secretary falvey: ok, we are back from a closed session. these are the members we have. president mazzucco: do i have a motion to disclose? any comment? next item. secretary falvey: the next item is adjournment. president mazzucco: all in favor? adjourned.
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>> you can see that it is amazing. you can hear that it is refreshing. you reach for it because it is irresistible. and the taste. simply delicious. san francisco tap water. it engages the senses. 311 is an important resource for all san franciscans. shou >> there has been an acknowledgement of the special places around san francisco bay. well, there is something sort of innate in human beings, i think, that tend to recognize a
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good spot when you see it, a spot that takes your breath away. this is one of them. >> an icon of the new deal. >> we stood here a week ago and we heard all of these dignitaries talk about the symbol that coit tower is for san francisco. it's interesting for those of us in the pioneer park project is trying to make the point that not only the tower, not only this man-built edifice here is a symbol of the city but also the green space on which it sits and the hill to which is rests. to understand them, you have to understand the topography of san francisco. early days of the city, the city grows up in what is the financial district on the edge of chinatown. everything they rely on for existence is the golden gate. it's of massive importance to the people what comes in and out of san francisco bay. they can't see it where they are. they get the idea to build a
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giant wooden structure. the years that it was up here, it gave the name telegraph hill. it survived although the structure is long gone. come to the 1870's and the city has growed up remarkably. it's fueled with money from the nevada silver mines and the gold rush. it's trying to be the paris of the west. now the beach is the suburbs, the we will their people lived on the bottom and the poorest people lived on the top because it was very hard getting to the top of telegraph hill. it was mostly lean-to sharks and bits of pieces of houses up here in the beginning. and a group of 20 businessmen decided that it would be better if the top of the hill remained for the public. so they put their money down and they bought four lots at the top of the hill and they gave them to the city. lily hitchcock coit died without leaving a specific use for her bequest.
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she left a third of her estate for the beautify indication of the city. arthur brown, noted architect in the city, wanted for a while to build a tower. he had become very interested in persian towers. it was the 1930's. it was all about machinery and sort of this amazing architecture, very powerful architecture. he convinced the rec park commission that building a tower in her memory would be the thing to do with her money. >> it was going to be a wonderful observation place because it was one of the highest hills in the city anywhere and that that was the whole reason why it was built that high and had the elevator access immediately from the beginning as part of its features. >> my fear's studio was just down the street steps. we were in a very small apartment and that was our backyard. when they were preparing the
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site for the coit tower, there was always a lot of harping and griping about how awful progress was and why they would choose this beautiful pristine area to do them in was a big question. as soon as the coit tower was getting finished and someone put in the idea that it should be used for art, then, all of a sudden, he was excited about the coit tower. it became almost like a daily destination for him to enjoy the atmosphere no matter what the politics, that wasn't the point. as long as they fit in and did their work and did their own creative expression, that was all that was required. they turned in their drawings. the drawings were accepted.
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if they snuck something in, well, there weren't going to be any stoolies around. they made such careful little diagrams of every possible little thing about it as though that was just so important and that they were just the big frog. and, actually, no one ever felt that way about them and they weren't considered something like that. in later life when people would approach me and say, well, what did you know about it? we were with him almost every day and his children, we grew up together and we didn't think of him as a commie and also the same with the other. he was just a family man doing normal things. no one thought anything of what he was doing.
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some of them were much more highly trained. it shows, in my estimation, in the murals. this was one of the masterpieces. families at home was a lot more close to the life that i can remember that we lived. murals on the upper floors like the children playing on the swings and i think the little deer in the forest where you could come and see them in the woods and the sports that were always available, i think it did express the best part of our lives. things that weren't costing money to do, you would go to a picnic on the beach or you would do something in the woods. my favorite of all is in the staircase. it's almost a miracle masterpiece how he could manage
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to not only fit everyone, of course, a lot of them i recognized from my childhood -- it's how he juxtaposed and managed to kind of climb up that stairway on either side very much like you are walking down a street. it was incredible to do that and to me, that is what depicted the life of the times in san francisco. i even like the ones that show the industrial areas, the once with the workers showing them in the cannery and i can remember going in there and seeing these women with the caps, with the nets shuffling these cans through. my parents had a ranch in santa rosa and we went there all summer. i could see these people leaning over and checking. it looked exactly like the
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beautiful things about the ranch. i think he was pretty much in the never look back philosophy about the coit. i don't think he ever went to visit again after we moved from telegraph hill, which was only five or six years later. i don't think he ever had to see it when the initials are scratched into everything and people had literally destroyed the lower half of everything. >> well, in my view, the tower had been pretty much neglected from the 1930's up until the 1980's. it wasn't until then that really enough people began to be alarmed about the condition of the murals, the tower was leaking. some of the murals suffered wear damage. we really began to organize getting funding through the arts commission and various other sources to restore the murals.
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they don't have that connection or thread or maintain that connection to your history and your past, what do you have? that's one of the major elements of what makes quality of life in san francisco so incredible. when people ask me, and they ask me all the time, how do you get to coit tower, i say you walk. that's the best way to experience the gradual elevation coming up above the hustle and bustle of the city and finding this sort of oasis, if you will, at the top of the hill. when i walk through this park, i look at these brick walls and this lawn, i look at the railings around the murals. i look at the restoration and i think, yeah, i had something to do with that. learning the lessons, thank you, landmarks meet landmarks.
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the current situation at pioneer park and coit tower is really based in public and private partnership. it was the citizens who came together to buy the land to keep it from being developed. it was lily hitchcock coit to give money to the city to beautify the city she loved of the park project worked to develop this south side and still that's the basis of our future project to address the north side. >> the public wants to access particular information about your house or neighborhood we point them to gis. gis is a combination of maps and data. not a graphic you see on a
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screen. you get the traffic for the streets the number of crimes for a police district in a period of time. if the idea of combining the different layerce of information and stacking them on top of each other to present to the public. >> other types of gis are web based mapping systems. like google earth, yahoo maps. microsoft. those are examples of on line mapping systems that can be used to find businesses or get driving directions or check on traffic conditions. all digital maps. >> gis is used in the city of san francisco to better support what departments do. >> you imagine all the various elements of a city including parcels and the critical
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infrastructure where the storm drains are. the city access like the traffic lights and fire hydrants. anything you is represent in a geo graphic space with be stored for retrieval and analysis. >> the department of public works they maintain what goes on in the right-of-way, looking to dig up the streets to put in a pipe. with the permit. with mapping you click on the map, click on the street and up will come up the nchgz that will help them make a decision. currently available is sf parcel the assessor's application. you can go to the assessor's website and bring up a map of
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san francisco you can search by address and get information about any place in san francisco. you can search by address and find incidents of crime in san francisco in the last 90 days. we have [inaudible] which allows you to click on a map and get nchldz like your supervisor or who your supervisor is. the nearest public facility. and through the sf applications we support from the mayor's office of neighborhood services. you can drill down in the neighborhood and get where the newest hospital or police or fire station. >> we are positive about gis not only people access it in the office but from home because we use the internet. what we used to do was carry the
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large maps and it took a long time to find the information. >> it saves the city time and money. you are not taking up the time of a particular employee at the assessor's office. you might be doing things more efficient. >> they have it ready to go and say, this is what i want. >> they are finding the same things happening on the phone where people call in and ask, how do i find this information? we say, go to this website and they go and get the information easily. >> a picture tells a thousand stories. some say a map
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supervisor avalos: good morning. welcome to the city operations and never had services committee. my name is supervisor john avalos, the chair the committee. joined by supervisor eric mar. the other member of the committee will be absent today, supervisor sean elsbernd. can we get a motion to excuse his absence? so done, without objection. we're also joined right now by supervisor david campos. the clerk of the committee is ms. gail johnson. can you share announcements? >> all persons are requested to off all cell phones and pagers. if you wish to submit speaker cards, please put them up by the rail in front of you to your left. if you submit copies of materials for members of the committee, please submit an extra copy for the file. the two items on the agenda today, it recommended, will go to the full board for consideration tomorrow afternoon
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at 2:00 p.m. >> very good. thank you, madam clerk. please call item number 1. >> item 1, resolution supported regulated and safe patient access to medical cannabis in the city and county of san francisco. >> supervisor campos? supervisor campos: thank you. good morning, everyone. happy monday, happy halloween. this is the resolution that i am introducing, along with a number of my colleagues did not want to think that for their co- sponsorship. supervisor mar, supervisor of ellis, president chiu, supervisor mirkarimi, supervisor kim, and supervisor wiener. this makes it very clear that we, on the board of supervisors, want to send a very strong message to the federal government that they live up to the promises that the president made, who was running for
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president, and the promises that were made in the early stages of the current administration, that they would respect state law. the voters here in the state of california have spoken loud and clear that they believe in the right of patients to have access to medical cannabis. that was passed into law through proposition 215, the compassionate use act, which voters supported in 1996. we have seen in the last few weeks a very troubling development with respect to the approach of the federal government. we have seen the federal government that, contrary to its prior promises, is now disregarding state law. and in the process, really hurting so many patients that rely on the access to medical cannabis as a way of treating their illnesses and as a way of just survival. the voters of california have made it clear that we in california believe
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